I just love Daffodils, and each time I see a clump of them together the words of Wordswoth’s famous poem always spring to mind. As beautiful as a “host” of Daffodils is to look at, I’ve found it really difficult to capture that beauty well with my camera. After much experimentation, I finally got a shot I’m happy with by using a combination of a shallow depth of field, and a very low camera position. This way one Daffodil could be picked out from the crowd, while allowing the rest to form a lovely yellow and green bokeh. The reason for getting down low is to allow the one chosen Daffodil to be raised above the others in the frame, making it stand out even more than a shallow depth of field alone would allow.

A Host of Golden Daffodils
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  • Camera: Nikon D40
  • Lens: Sigma EX 30mm F1.4
  • Exposure: 1/2500 sec
  • Focal Length: 30mm
  • Focal Ratio: F2.8
  • ISO: 200
  • Camera Mode: Aperture Priority